O’FALLON — A St. Clair County associate judge who says a congressional candidate pushed her during a parade wants a public apology and an investigation.

Associate Judge Laninya Cason, a Republican running for circuit judge, conducted a news conference Monday.

She said Democrat Bill Enyart pushed her aside as she was talking with someone on the parade route Saturday in O’Fallon.

The Enyart campaign on Saturday said Enyart bumped into a Plummer supporter and immediately apologized. Campaign spokesman Jason Bresler reiterated that position Monday.

Said Cason, “I have been bullied and pushed around by the St. Clair Democrat machine before — but it’s never gotten physical. Enyart took it too far.”

Cason on Monday also told a conservative radio show host and audience in St. Louis that if Enyart makes a “proper” apology, she is willing to drop efforts to have him charged.

Bresler said Cason was making political fodder from nothing.

“Bill has already apologized. That’s the point,” Bresler said. “This is just silly season politics, ugly politics, that Southern Illinoisans are sick of.”

Cason said Enyart did not apologize.

Each side said it has witnesses to support its position.

O’Fallon police said Cason has filed a report, an investigation is under way and results will be sent to the St. Clair County state’s attorney.

Enyart is one of three candidates seeking the 12th District Congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, who is retiring.

Enyart, 62, is an attorney from Belleville and retired major general who commanded the Illinois National Guard.

Green Party nominee Paula Bradshaw, 59, of Carbondale is an emergency room nurse and political activist.

Republican Jason Plummer, 30, of O’Fallon is a businessman, former candidate for lieutenant governor and an officer in the Navy Reserve.

Cason is seeking circuit judgeship. She faces Associate Judge Zina Cruse, a Democrat. Cason has been a Democrat but left the party after not receiving its nomination.

Plummer’s campaign declined comment Monday.

Bradshaw said she would withhold comment because she had no way of knowing what happened.

— Contributing to this report were Mark Fitton of The Southern Illinoisan and George Pawlaczyk of the Belleville News-Democrat.

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StraightTalk

I say call in their parents to the principals office, suspend Enyart from the football squad for 3 games and pull Plummer out of the cheerleaders for the next 2 games, put both on after school detention until Christmas.

madblogger
madblogger

Personally, I think this is much ado about nothing. It's not like Enyart smacked her down or anything like that. Maybe brushed by her during a parade that was moving forward...

I'm sorry, had it been the physical altercation that's being reported, mayhaps she should have filed assault charges.

USN - Lieutenant Junior Grade, is an OS-2 grade whereas a the first level General in the Army is OS-7, or the same as a Rear Admiral - lower half. LTJG is the same as a First Lieutenant in the Army. LTJG is not the same as a General in the Army.

Personally, I wouldn't vote for Enyart. He may or may have not been rude as suggested by the story - the bottom line is, none of us really know what happened. My guess is that it was a non-confrontational/innocent bump between these two. Even if intentional, I suspect the vote will come down to party lines. Why worry about it? Instead, why don't we focus on the message from either candidate, in which the victim isn't a candidate for the race in question?

I know, it may seem odd that I am defending the Democrat in question, but this election should be about fundamentals and not some sort of drummed up controversy that is not based on irrefutable facts. Show me a video of Enyart plowing into Cason, and I might be persuaded. It was a parade, in which often people get bumped into if they impede the parade. If Cason went to the center of the street to greet Plummer, and the parade marched on, and she happened to be in Enyart's path as he looked to the crowd, if he bumped into her, whose fault is it? What if she stood like a statue in his path? Whose fault is it then?

This is what I hate about elections... So often, some incircumstantial object becomes the center-point to the election of a person who really cannot better the lives of the people they pretend to represent. We saw it with Obama in 2008, where we would atone for our evil past and hope for a better change. Obama was GW all over again. He changed nothing, other than add to the debt. Obamacare merely shifts the cost of healthcare to the people. Sure, it gets shifted to providers first, then insurance, but ultimately, the people will pay for it. How could they not? Healthcare as a definite cost. If insurance, government, or the people pay for it, it ultimately comes back to the people. Obamacare is no more than sleight of hand. The only difference is, it shifts the cost from government to providers and insurance, which ultimately falls back on the people.

As per this story, find out what Enyart and Plummer proposes, and go from there.

DeeJay

Good post. I think Gen Enyart accidentally bumped into the woman, apologized and sought to exchange a good-natured barb with her concerning political t-shirts (much in the way Cardinals and Cubs fans exchange insults). This lady wants to make a political stink, Yes, it's too bad.

Team America

Hey Colt when that mission happened, Enyart was a no name and had not yet paid enough to Blago for the appointment. Additionally when those planes deploy for a Federal mission they are not National Guard assets. Also when Enyart says he put the armories in Sparta - remember its a 7 year Capital Development Board process, again Enyart was a no name who hadnt paid his fee for his appointment. Typical political hack taking credit for stuff he had absolutely NOTHING to do with but is trying to take credit for votes.

OLD JOE
OLD JOE

How come you didn't include Forby in this conversation? Forby also takes credit for projects he just happen to drive by and see. Just like Obama your hard work and investment didn't create your successful business, Forby did.

It will be interesting if Fordy and Enyart both win. Forby and Enyart will be rolling in the dirt fighting, to see who takes credit for the next dog house built lol.

KaijaJean
KaijaJean

Am I the only one who read that Cason is making statements to the media, while Enyart seems to be hiding behind his campaign?

1. A St. Clair County associate judge who says......
2. Associate Judge Laninya Cason, a Republican running for circuit judge, conducted a news conference Monday.
3. She said...
4. Cason said...
5. Cason on Monday also told a conservative radio show host and audience...
6. Cason said...

Each side said...

1. The Enyart campaign on Saturday said...
2. Campaign spokesman Jason Bresler reiterated...
3. Bresler said...
4. Bresler said...

I think it is time for Enyart to step up to the microphone and make a statement & quit leading from behind!

Leaningright

She is the only one making comments because Enyart thought it was a non-issue. He says he apologized but Cason, once she saw who it was, saw a opportunity to open her big mouth and make a bid deal out of nothing. She got bumped and now is crying whiplash, whiplash, whiplash. Not really whiplash for those of you who can't get my sarcasm, but I hope you get my drift.

GrayBeard

And the LTJG comment coming from nothing more than a "weekend warrior", and USN40 "synonyms" HA brilliant! You should stop by your old workplace, we'd like to see You!

USN420
USN420

Hope you're doing well GrayBeard! If you're who I think you are... You know, with all these pseudonyms it's hard to know for sure! You still on the "Road King"?

GrayBeard

Aye!

OLD JOE
OLD JOE

Now just how did I know this was going to turn into a race issue? Because it does everytime.

Blast

Liberals and Democrats are the most racist people on earth! Look at the way they treat Blacks...

MMike
MMike

And black liberal Democrats are ...?

USN420
USN420

Synonyms...?

Leaningright

BAM!!!

DeeJay

Priceless!

KaijaJean
KaijaJean

The word is redundent.

Leaningright

A perfect example is the treatment of the black actress Stacey Dash when she endorsed Romney.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/twitter-explodes-after-black-actress-endorses-romney-as-the-only-choice-for-your-future/

MickeeD
MickeeD

I saw that earlier on Fox.. That kind of name calling was uncalled for. She expressed her support for Romney and some questioned her "blackness." Didn't say where it was coming from but there was an inference it came from Democrats. This of course being Fox News playing the race card.

Leaningright

Of course MIckeeD, blame Fox News. The tweets were from Obama supporters from the Hollywood crowd and also blacks. Why would a Republican tweet Stacey and raise hell about her choice of candidate? If you Libs watched a little more Fox News, and a little less of the other networks, you may get a better balance of news. And yes, I watch Fox, but I also get my news from many other sources. Fox reports many things the rest of the outlets don't.

MickeeD
MickeeD

Actually LR, this is why I watch Fox News on a fairly regular basis. I appreciate balance. You might have noticed I thought such rhetoric regarding Dash was deplorable. By the way, I had never even heard of her before today. She's a big star now though.

They followed up that segment with a discussion regarding race with Ann Coulter. And the reason Fox reports things the rest of the media doesn't is because the network knows it's audience is composed of a bunch of dolts who take almost everything they see on Fox as gospel truth.

MickeeD
MickeeD

Right. That's why we have a black President. Moron.

Hnkly

Personally, I think Bill Enyart has a real problem with being a egotistic, self-centered, bully. I attended the debate in Marion a couple weeks ago and walked in with an open mind not sure of which way I would vote. I walked out with my mind fully made up, and now I will vote for Plummer. My decision was made for me after listening to Enyart bully and belittle the other candidates for an hour and a half. Twice during the debate, he insulted Plummer by calling him a "Junior Grade Lieutenant". A man who has worn the uniform should never get away with insulting another man in uniform...regardless of their rank. I don't care if Plummer was a buck private, it's degrading and uncalled for.

The second reason I won't vote for Bill Enyart is because he arrogantly referred to the planes at Scott Air Force Base as "his planes" during the debate. Bill Enyart and every other Washington politician need to be taught a lesson. The lesson is: Those are OUR planes. Because it's OUR money. We paid for them, we paid to train you and your people to fly them and maintain them. Every dollar that is spent in Washington came from the people. It's their money, not Washington's money. Any politician, like Bill Enyart, who doesn't understand that, will never get my vote.

MMike
MMike

Thanks for your observations.

colt18

Enyart was a 2 Star General in the Illinois Guard, those were his planes, as well as the men that flew them. He was responsible for them and every other piece of equipment the Illinois Guard has.

You know "Lieutenant Junior Grade" is a Naval Rank right?

USN420
USN420

Yes, but a typical US Navy LTJG Line Officer would be about the equivalent of a General in the Illinois Guard and probably carry a higher level of responsibility.

Just Sayin'... :)

DeeJay

Thank you, USN420.

OLD JOE
OLD JOE

This was probably a racist push/shove. I wanted to be the first one to play the racist card this morning. I know it was going to come into play sooner or later.

SouthernILGirl

you missed the use of the race card by 9 minutes - LR had already brought it up.

I did not know, nor care, that she is a black woman. I do agree with the rest of LR's assessment that she appears to be prone to tantrums, since she jumped parties when she didn't get the support she wanted.

Leaningright

Sounds to me like Cason just has an axe to grind. Who does she think she is? I fully believe the Enyart story that he bumped into her and then apologized. She was a Democrat until she didn't get the nod for her party so she jumped ship. Of course this doesn't matter, but it really does, she is black woman. An angry black woman.

MMike
MMike

You just had to play the race card.

Leaningright

Nope, MMike, I believe she played the race card. Whether you believe it or not, that attitude she exhibited told me just as much about her race as her first name. I did take the time to verify my suspicions before making my post.

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